RELEASE: Rep. Hill Awards Golden Fleece to National Science Foundation for Lack of Oversight

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Golden Fleece NSF

Rep. Hill Awards Golden Fleece to National Science Foundation for Lack of Oversight WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. French Hill (AR-02) named the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the latest recipient of his Golden Fleece Award for its poor lack of proper oversight for grants and delays in implementing cost saving regulations at several universities across the nation. “The NSF has $6.5 million in aggre...

HILL AWARDS GOLDEN FLEECE TO FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FOR DELAYED RELEASE OF BROADBAND MAPS

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September 2021 Golden Fleece FCC

Washington, D.C. - Rep. French Hill (AR-02) named the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the latest recipient of his Golden Fleece Award for its delayed release of broadband maps. "In March 2020, Arkansans were told that the FCC could 'radically improve' their broadband maps within a couple of months but here we are, eighteen months later, being told that we have another year to go," said ...

Hill Awards Golden Fleece to FDA for Charging Burdensome Fees to Small Businesses During a Pandemic

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Little Rock, Ark. – Rep. French Hill (AR-02) named the Food and Drug Administration as the latest recipient of the Golden Fleece Award for charging distilleries $14,060 in fees for producing hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. “America’s distilleries stepped up to produce hand sanitizer when it was in short supply at the start of the pandemic, quickly realigning manufacturing to help out ...

Hill Awards Golden Fleece Award to the Department of Commerce for Mishandling Tariff Exclusion Requests

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Rep. French Hill (AR-02) named the Department of Commerce as the latest recipient of the Golden Fleece Award for not giving American businesses a meaningful opportunity to appeal burdensome tariffs. According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the Department of Commerce rejected 19,000 exclusion requests due to submission errors. Commerce officials have not clarified what c...

Hill Awards Golden Fleece to Internal Revenue Service for Poor Management of Economic Impact Payments

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Rep. French Hill (AR-02) named the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the latest recipient of the Golden Fleece Award for sending CARES Act Economic Impact Payments to foreign workers living in the United States and $1.4 billion to the deceased. "My office has dozens of cases open with the IRS for central Arkansans that have still not received their Economic Impact Payment. It is ...

Hill Awards Golden Fleece to State Department for Suspending the Processing of All Passport Applications

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Rep. French Hill (AR-02) named the State Department as the latest recipient of the Golden Fleece Award for needlessly delaying more than 1.6 million passport applications. "While the State Department was quick to respond to the coronavirus’ outbreak at the beginning of the year, it made the wrong decision to suspend the processing of passport applications. Other federal agencies,...

Rep. Hill Awards Golden Fleece to the Defense Department for Giving Nearly One Billion Dollars' Worth of Contracts to Vendors Who Didn't Meet Proper Requirements

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WASHINGTON D.C. — This week, Representative French Hill (AR-02) named the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as the latest recipient of his Golden Fleece Award, a monthly bulletin on the most frivolous and wasteful uses of hardworking taxpayers’ dollars, for awarding 27 contracts valued at $827.8 million to 16 companies that did not meet the requirements of service-disabled veteran-owned small busin...

Rep. Hill Issues First Golden Fleece of the New Decade

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman French Hill (R-AR) named the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the first winner of the Golden Fleece Award in 2020 for failing to issue fines and against clinical trial sponsors who did not disclose their trial results within one calendar year. In 2017, the FDA gained the ability to charge violators who did not disclose trial results $10,000 per day. However, a re...

LOST IN TRANSPORTATION: Rep. Hill Awards Golden Fleece to DOT for Losing Nearly $3 Million in Laptops

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) named the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as the latest recipient of his Golden Fleece Award for failing to account for an estimated 34.3 percent of laptops purchased between 2013 and 2017. “DOT has earned my Golden Fleece this month not only for losing nearly $3 million in taxpayer-purchased equipment, but also for ignoring the...

SPACED OUT: Rep. Hill Awards Golden Fleece to NASA for Taxpayer-Funded Drug Review of Private Contractors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) named the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the latest recipient of his Golden Fleece Award for using taxpayer funds to conduct illegal drug workplace reviews of federal contractors. “The fact that federal contractors for NASA are violating workplace drug guidelines should be upsetting to all taxpayers. However, i...

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